Camden Hills High School Sophomore Pearl Benjamin speaks before 250 Maine Gun Safety Coalition supporters at the Maine State House on March, 1, 2018. Image courtesy of  Michele Stapleton

Camden Hills High School Sophomore Pearl Benjamin speaks before 250 Maine Gun Safety Coalition supporters at the Maine State House on March, 1, 2018. Image courtesy of Michele Stapleton


Upcoming Events

Friday, December 14, 2018, Vigil to End Gun Violence, Portland, Maine

We hope that you can join us this Friday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at the First Parish at 425 Congress Street in Portland, for the 2018 Vigil to End Gun Violence.  All are welcome. 

This year, MGSC, along with Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in Maine and Remembering Darien will serve as the local hosts of the nationwide Vigil to End Gun Violence.  The vigil is in remembrance of the six-year mark of the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy, where 20 children and 6 educators were killed, as well as well as the 600,000 American victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012.  

This year’s program will feature remarks from family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, music from the Pihcintu Choir and the Sea Change Chorale, poetry performed by Martin Steingesser and Judy Tierney, a bell ringing ceremony to mark those killed by firearms, and a candle lighting.

The Portland Vigil to End Gun Violence is one of 150 such vigils taking place around the nation in 30 states this December, and occurs shortly after the National Vigil to End Gun Violence, held on December 5, in Washington D.C.

The nationwide Vigils to End Gun Violence are organized by the Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance, in partnership with American Gun Safety Association, Amnesty International, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Center for American Progress, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Community of Sant'Egidio, Community Justice Reform Coalition, Docs Demand Action, Everytown Survivor Network, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, Junior Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, #NoRA, On Earth Peace, Organizing for Action, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, St Marks Episcopal Church, Survivors Empowered, Survivors Lead and Women's March. 

We hope to see you there for what should be a powerful evening.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018, Maine Gun Safety Coalition’s 19th Annual Buzz Fitzgerald Award Dinner.

Tickets can be purchased here!

For more information, email: geoff@mainegunsafety.org

Please join us on November 15 for the Maine Gun Safety Coaltion's 19th Annual Buzz Fitzgerald Award Dinner. Every year we select Mainers who have been a force for gun safety, and recognize them for their hard work, courage, and moral vision. This year, we are privileged to honor all of the students across Maine who worked tirelessly to bring an end to gun violence in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. These students organized protests and walk-outs, spoke at rallies, advocated for new gun safety measures, and persuaded their peers and adults alike to join the cause of gun safety in Maine. At the dinner, a select group of students will recieve the Fitzgerald Award on behalf of their fellow students. We will also honor recently-retired Chief of the Portland Police, and Maine Gun Safety Coalition board member Mike Sauschuck for his years of leadership in support of gun safety. Ticket sales go directly to supporting the Coalition in its continued work advocating for gun safety measures in Augusta, and around the state, distributing free trigger locks for any gunowner in need, and being a leading voice for keeping Mainers safe.

Please note that the price of the ticket is not tax-deductiable as they support our advocacy efforts. You may make a tax-deductible gift by addressing your check to the MGSC Foundation. Please send any questions to Geoff Bickford, Executive Director, at geoff@mainegunsafety.org

The Maine Gun Safety Coaltion would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Host Committee for their support of the Fitzgerald Dinner, and of the Coalition's work to keep Mainers safe from gun violence.

The 2018 Host Committee

Alex and Lisa Agnew

Hon. Justin and Rachel Alfond

Beth Allen

Cush Anthony

Casssandra Baker and Dr. Anthony Foianini

Severin M. Beliveau and Cynthia A. Murray-Beliveau 

Senator Catherine E. Breen

Cesar and Kathleen Densmore Britos

Jim and Joan Cohen

Riley Cooper

Maddy Corson

Jerry and Mary Jean Crouter

Eliot and Melanie Cutler

Toby Dilworth

Pete and Kelly Dufour

David and Heidi Fitz

Sue Fitzgerald

David and Kaye Flanagan

Tom Franklin and Anna Ginn

Eleanor Goldberg and Malcolm Burson 

Barbara Goodbody

Ed and Becky Googins

Betts Gorsky and Mark Googins

Gregory P. & Susan E. Gnall

Polly Haight Frawley and Alfred Frawley

Judy and Gordon Hamlin

Bill Harwood and Ellen Alderman

Ann and Andrew Hayes

Bob Howe

Dr. David Howes

Brad and Amanda Hunter

David Johnson and Charrisse Kaplan

Phillip Johnson

K.C. Jones

Philip Jones and Mary Baumgartner

Jeffrey Kew and Kathryn Sharpless

Amy and Jamie Kuhn

Marilyn LaLumiere and Ed Reed

David Lawrence

Adam and Diana Lee

Katy Longley

Scott and Cindy Mahoney 

Sean and Jenn Mahoney

Vern Malloch

Jerry and Liz Mansfield

Tiffany and Andrew Marianski

Mary J. Herman Consulting

Molly and Daniel Meyer

Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense

Bob and Cally Moore

Margaret and Mason Morfit

Deborah and Peter Murray

Murray, Plumb and Murray

Polly Nichols

Kathleen O'Heron and Johannes Wiebus

Jim Parmentier

Carol Pickering

James and BethAnne Poliquin

Peter and Deidre Quesada

Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt 

Katie and Ben Redfield

Betsey and Todd Remage-Healey

Judi and Wayne Richardson

Bill Robitzek

Steven Rowe

Cushing and Eric Samp

Kimberly Sampson

Erica Schair-Cardona and Ivan Cardona

Justin and Payal Schair

Mary Schendel and Phil Gleason

Nina and Curt Scribner

Sandra Scully

Camilla and Tim Shannon

Paula Silsby

George and Sunnie Silverman

Marcia and Peter Sly

Phil Steele and Francesca Galluccio-Steele

Ethan Strimling and Stephanie Clifford

Ed Suslovic 

Drs. Edward and Candace Walworth

Carol Ward and Charles deSieyes

Rep. Charlotte Warren 

Carol and Joe Wishcamper 

Dick and Debbie Woodbury

Amy Woodhouse and Tobey Scott

Drs. Bob and Kate Zimmerman

Saturday, March 24. March for Our Lives, is a national march on DC organized by students across the country. While MGSC is supporting students traveling to DC, we are encouraging supporters to attend a local march if they cannot travel to DC. Join us at one of the following Maine marches:

Monday, April 2 – Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy Day, is an opportunity for MGSC and coalition partners including Mom's Demand Action, domestic violence groups, and public health practitioners to advocate for bills such as Senator Dion's red flag law that was recently introduced thanks to the legislative council. Read MGSC's testimony from last year when we introduced a similar bill. 

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Tuesday, April 20 - Walk-In Against Gun Violence at USM - If we're going to make lasting change, we must educate and support high school and college students as they seek to learn more about gun violence policy and how to translate policy into political action. A National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools is scheduled for April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine. Since April 20 falls during Maine's spring break and makes a school walkout impossible, MGSC is planning a WALK-IN Against Gun Violence.

We invite high school and college students from around Maine to come together at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus to teach each other about how to make Maine a safer place. Students can register for this FREE event and teachers can sign-up to help here.

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New Resources

Parkland, Florida School ShootingA former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shot and killed at least 17 people and wounded 14 others on February 14, 2018 with a military-style assault weapon and large capacity magazines. Read MGSC's call to action in response to this tragedy.

Suicide Prevention:  The Portland Press Herald published a Maine Voices column by MGSC Executive Director Nick Wilson about the need to collaborate to prevent firearm suicides and an unfortunate experience with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Federally Mandated Concealed Carry: Legislation before Congress would override state permitting laws that regulate who can carry a loaded hidden gun. We've included a new Johns Hopkins report about this dangerous legislation.

Guns for Drugs:  Maine is a source state for crime guns. Our new backgrounder explores how drug traffickers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York sell heroin and cocaine in Maine and use the proceeds to buy illicit guns by exploiting Maine's weak gun laws. 

Domestic Violence Mass Shooting in Madison, ME: We know that the most dangerous time for a woman in an abusive relationship is when she makes an attempt to leave, especially when the abuser has easy access to firearms. On July 5, 2017, Carroll Tuttle Jr. went on a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of his wife, son, and a neighbor over the untrue belief that his wife was having an affair.


Speaker Sara Gideon Address 250 MGSC
Supporters at March 1 Advocacy Day

"We have to ask ourselves why we are making our kids suffer for the lack of responsibility of our government. Why are our kids braver when they go into school then we are when we cast our votes?" The full text of Speaker Sara Gideon's speech is available at her website.